Law on News Aggregators Undermines Media Freedom Online
The law includes a number of broad terms that are open to abuse. It also confers liability on third parties for others’ materials, which may act as a form of censorship. Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media, has raised concerns that this law “could result in governmental interference of online information and introduce self-censorship in private companies”, reducing the free flow of information online.
The amendments, which had previously passed two readings in the Duma, received unanimous support from all 319 Duma deputies. On 11 June, as required by the Russian Constitution, the draft law was sent for consideration by the Federation Council, which will either adopt or reject the draft law within a fourteen day period. If adopted, the draft law would be sent to the President for signing within a 5 day period, before entering into legal force.
- Letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression/UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association/UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
- RSF statement: "New Russian law targets news aggregators"
- Analysis published by the European Audiovisual Observatory: “Disinformation in the Media under Russian Law”
- Report published on the Mapping Media Freedom platform: "Russia/Россия: Lower house adopts bill regulating news aggregators"